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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Can you believe it?


It is FINISHED! After nearly four years it is actually FINISHED!! And I'm soooo happy with it!


Actually I can't say if I'm most happy with the quilt or the fact that it is FINISHED *lol* Happy dancing here!


And sending out a big thank-you hug to all the girls who participated in the swap! ...oh and most of the pictures are clickable :o)
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It has been a long road from start to finish. My 10 sets of five blocks for the swap was stitched in April-June 2007, and the 50 swap blocks arrived here in mid-September the same year.


I had also made an extra block of my sets, so all in all there were 60 blocks laid out on the floor. I was on a roll at the time and it only took me a couple of days to get the center of the quilt top stitched together


and the log cabin blocks for the borders were stitched and attached by the beginning of October.


When Elin and I went to Lappemakeriet that same month I got the batting and quilting cotton - all ready to quilt!


I started out very well - a goal of quilting at least one thread a day got quite a large portion of the quilt done. I brought it with me everywhere to keep to my goal, so it is well traveled - even a trip to Elverum (picture snagged from May Britt's blog):


but for some reason it was put away in the cupboard. I pulled it out every now and then over the next couple of years, but I didn't really make much progress till I brought it with me on Christmas holiday 2010 when I finished quilting the last of the blocks and got started on the border. Coming home I decided it wasn't going back into the cupboard but was to live on the sofa till it was done


I was quite big mouthed when I posted this picture in February - because even though the quilt lived on the sofa, I didn't really work on it... so if Bernie hadn't gotten sick, it might still be there unfinished...

By lunch time today the last of my blocks were turned into a label and attached to the back.



Now all that is left is to give it a toss in the washing machine since there are some pencil markings here and there :o)

Hope everyone are having a great Sunday!
Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

53 comments:

ancsapancsa said...

Wonderful!

Luca said...

Det er helt fantastisk! Nydelige

Oddbjørg said...

Teppet er bare helt nydelig! Du har grunn til å være stolt!

Ann Marie said...

I know what you mean about not being sure you are more happy with how the quilt turned out or that it's finished, but it's so lovely that I'm sure you'll be happy with the quilt for a long time.

Andrea said...

Oh yes - I can believe it and it is beautiful. I have loved seeing this quilt make an appearance over the years and knew it would be special. Maybe a glass of wine to celebrate ? Xxx

Vicki W said...

It's spectacular!

Susan said...

Such a happy day for you....... The log cabin border is that makes it such an extraordinary quilt....

Doing a happy dance here in NC.

Gunilla said...

Den är helt fantastisk! Grattis till en vacker kvilt!
Gunilla

Wilma said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. You must be very proud. I love your border, and how you did your quilting.

katell said...

Wonderful work and marvellous colours !

Linda said...

Your quilt is wonderful! The log cabin block border really sets it off beautifully. I can see my Sawtooth Star block! I haven't done anything with my blocks from that swap except admire them. Seeing yours is giving me the urge to get them out and start working on a quilt.
Linda Egge

Pat from FL and MI said...

Anne Ida, it is stunning! And I love how your shared your progress along the way with us. Oh and I also love that log cabin border. There's a lot to love about this quilt, plus that fact that it's done-done.

Debbie said...

It came out absolutely beautiful, Anne Ida! The setting is terrific. Good job. Mine is still sitting, basted and folded up, for a few years now.

Merete said...

Nyyyyydelig!! Fantastisk flotte farger.

Ann Marie said...

A finish, and a beautiful one at that!! Now it can live on the back of the sofa for all to see and use on a daily basis!! Congrats.

Gudveig said...

Kjempelekkert! Du har god grunn til å være stolt over dette - det er kjempefint med alle de ulike blokkene. Avslutningen/kanten med log cabin var genialt!
Gratulerer!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!

Mitt lille rosa syrom said...

Kjempelekker - gratulerer!

Bente said...

WoW...dette var eit lekkert teppe.
Klart du er stolt av dette.

BenteOO said...

Oooops!
Nydeleg kant som samla dei fine blokkene!
Berre lekkert!

Laila said...

Hi.
congrats with another great quilt.
It looks great.
Hugs :-)

sewkalico said...

Wow! It looks fabulous!

Quilt all day said...

Wonderful ..and that border wich is a true color assembling idea ...Love it
I did find my ' orange peel' in it ;..I am so pleased you were in this swap too
Have you seen Valerie Langue and my quilt page 82 of the sylvia Bridal book?
Hugs from Brussels

LeKaQuilt said...

Fantastisk nydelig quilt. Skjønner at det har vært en lang vei å gå men nå er den fedig. Håper du får Bernie tilbake snart, men du har vel kanskje noen flere håndprosjekter på lur ?? Uansett, Gratulerer med ferdig flott quilt.

Francis Paul said...

I'm happy for you that you finished this gorgeous quilt:-)

Rose said...

Wohoooo sweetie!! Its finished and its gorgeous!!! You know this is one of my favorite quilts of yours! Well done and hope Bernie comes home soon!
Big hugs xxx

Grete said...

Nydelig teppe! Så mange flotte, forskjellige blokker og flott log-cabin-kant! Du har all grunn til å være stolt og fornøyd!

Chookyblue...... said...

how fantastic to have the quilt finished.........

Marit said...

Gratulerer. Teppet er kjempeflott, har ikke ord;)

Jeanne said...

Awesome! It is beautiful! Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

Karen said...

This is an absolutely stunning quilt. Wow is all I can say.

Bridget B said...

Your quilt is beautiful- Love the blue and white. I am just starting one in scrappy fabric. I hava 10 blocks completed and I am sure it will take quite a while to do. Congratulations on your finish.

Nemo said...

Gratulerer med vel utført fullføring! (Den som venter på noe godt, etc?) Resultatet ble helt nydelig!

Hvis Bernie fremdeles er plaget med sykdom, må du bare si fra - min stakkars symaskin kunne godt trengt litt trim (og jeg er fremdeles hjemme noen dager i uka) så bare si fra. ;)

Mary said...

I'm so happy for you to finish your Swap Quilt. It is so pretty and all DONE is better than Perfect, I've heard. I also wish I'd been part of that SWAP. I have soem Red and White and Red White and Black SWAP blocks that are calling to me...I've added your Blog to my Blog roll now. Thanks for sharing!

Mona said...

Det er bare helt utrolig flott. Gjør jo ingenting om du har brukt lang tid når resultatet blir slik. Ønsker deg en flott uke!

Elin said...

Gratulerer med ferdig teppe, det blei alldeles nydeleg. Hugsar godt den gongen på Lappemakeriet, ja! Skulle vi ikkje gjenta den bragden snart? BTW, no har eg fått eit spark bak til å gjere noko med min raude SBS swap! Kjøpte meir stoff på LM i fjor sommar, for å sy fleire blokker sjølv. Gleder meg!

Annelies vdB said...

Now that is a nice way to come home from France. What a gorgeous quilt !!!!!!!

Doniene said...

Anne Ida The quilt is gorgeous!!! I can tell you love blues and the way you set the blocks are stunning. You truly continue to inspire me!!!

Happy Quilting!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Anne Ida! It is absolutely wonderful!

~Jess said...

It's beautiful! I love those colors together and those blocks: The whole thing is just wonderful!

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szmari said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Heather said...

Oh Wow that turned out beautiful! Congratulations to you for finishing your quilt :) I love it!

Sinta Renee said...

Stunning quilt! You did an amazing job on this quilt and the fact that it was a work in progress for so long even makes it more a part of you. The border is fantastic, I will have to remember to do that treatment in the future! Congratulations on a beautiful quilt.

Teresa said...

Congratulations on completing a beautiful quilt.

Wendy said...

Fantastic! Your quilt is gorgeous and all hand quilted.

Anonymous said...

Helt underbart vackert täcke! Hälsningar Birgitta

Sølvi's blog said...

Teppet ditt ble utrolig flott. Dette mesterstykket har du all grunn til å være stolt av.

Guðrún said...

Wow, it, is gorgeous.

Rose Marie said...

I enjoyed reading every post regarding this quilt and I am so enjoying seeing the finished quilt. Love, love, love this quilt!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A stunning quilt, it must feel so good to have it completed.

Sabine said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing such a huge task!

denver co truck accident lawyer said...

Wonderfully made quilt. I love the colors and the design. :)

Crystal Stanworth said...

your persistance paid off! this quilt is exquisite!